Sunday, June 5, 2011

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Affairs

Date: May 30, 2011
Contact: Phil Bailey

News Release

What is an Epirb?

WASHINGTON- EPIRB stands for emergency position-indicating radio beacon. This device is designed to transmit a distress signal around the world if you needed. There are two types of EPIRBs. A manual and an automatic/manual. U.S. commercial fishing vessels, uninspected passenger vessels that carry six or more people and uninspected commercial vessels are the only vessels legally required to carry an EPIRB. But, like a life jacket, an EPIRB might be instrumental in saving your life.

“The most important thing for effective operation of beacons is for the beacon to be properly registered,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mark Turner, the Coast Guard’s Search and Rescue Satellite (SARSAT) liaison officer. “Registering your beacon means the Coast Guard can be in contact with the folks back home who can provide search and rescue responders with more information to assist in a search.”

The United States Coast Guard Auxiliary is the uniformed volunteer Component of the United States Coast Guard created by an Act of Congress in 1939. The Auxiliary, supports the Coast Guard in nearly all of the service’s missions.


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